Ombria in Shadow

Ombria in Shadow

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The death of Ombria's prince leads to chaos as light and dark factions compete for control and the fate of the city rests in the hands of untried forces. By the author of The Tower at Stony Wood.

Blackwell North Amer
Ombria. It is a city that echoes with the footfalls of sapphire-heeled shoes...that holds its breath as a straw-haired apparition glides through its streets...that sees its dreams - and nightmares - take shape in the drawings of a bastard-heir. It is an enchanted time and place envisioned by World Fantasy Award winner Patricia A. McKillip, acclaimed author of The Tower at Stony Wood.
When Ombria's prince, Royce Greve, breathes his last in palace rooms high above the city, he leaves his young son at the mercy of his ancient great-aunt, Domina Pearl - a woman who has plotted her rise to power in Ombria for far too many years to allow a little boy to stand in her way. Already she has thrown Greve's pretty mistress out into the streets, where no one would expect her to live an hour. The boy will take her a little longer.
Meanwhile, in a dreamlike underworld peopled by Ombria's ghosts, a sorceress weaves her spells and brews her potions, never revealing her real face - or true heart. And somewhere in between, the struggle to rule the whole of Ombria - both its light and shadows - will rest in the hands of those whose fractured lives align like the pieces of a magical puzzle.

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& Taylor

The death of Royce Greve, Ombria's prince, leads to chaos as his aunt, Domina Pearl, attempts to wrest power away from the late prince's son, causing the forces of light and dark to vie for control of the city.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780441008957
044100895X
Branch Call Number: F MCK
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 19 cm

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campingstove
Jan 15, 2013

I like McKillip's writing a lot. Very atmospheric and a bit poetic. Lovely story, interesting characters, moves along quickly - and often goes in unexpected directions.

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

A lovely stand-alone novel that proves you can tell an interesting story without turning it into a multi-book series.

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